Bob Turner came out earlier this morning against the Paul Ryan budget plan, one of the rare Republicans to do so, telling The Politicker (via a spokesman) that the plan was “a starting point for negotiations.”
Now Democrats are slamming the Republican candidate for Anthony Weiner’s old seat in Queens and Brooklyn by saying that he doesn’t like the Ryan plan because it doesn’t go far enough in slashing entitlements.
“It’s clear that Bob Turner simply believes that the Ryan plan is just a ‘starting point’ because his stated goals require cuts much deeper than the Ryan plan can provide,” emailed Josh Schwerin, a spokesman at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Turner’s goal of cutting 35% of the nation’s budget while ending all ‘government dependencies,’ means the end of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Turner’s statement that no one wants to cut anything is laughable. What’s next, will he close the deficit by trying to sell us the Brooklyn Bridge?”
Schwerin is referring to an article Turner penned in the conservative National Review in which he wrote, “My desire to go to Congress was to fix what’s broken and go home. End subsidies. End government dependencies. Dramatically cut the budget by 30 or 35 percent. Slash capital-gains taxes down to zero. Cut taxes across the board.”
The Democrat in the race, Assemblyman David Weprin, has said that entitlement programs like social security and Medicare need to be strengthened and preserved.
Either way, one thing is clear: this campaign is no longer exclusively about Israel.